Within two weeks Europe will know whether Eurovision 2015 will take place in Vienna, Insbruck or Graz. The latter already seems to be out of the race, while Innsbruck continues to ride a wave of goodwill from municipal authorities who have the financial means to pull off a great event. Even so, Vienna’s Stadthalle is our readers’ favourite. Here are some reasons why it ORF and the EBU should understand it is the best option.
As kurier.at reports, Wiener Stadhalle presents several advantages, mostly financial. First of all, technicians and journalists from ORF wouldn’t have to move from their base. Let’s say that the contest is held in the winter resort of Innsbruck. At least 200 people would have to re-locate from Vienna, and this would cost approximately 500,000 euros when you add up hotels, transport, and other incidentals. That’s a considerable ammount of money, judging from how much the Danes spent during this year’s contest.
Moreover, it has enough space to feature the backstage inside the arena, unlike every other venue in contention. Do you remember the horror of having the green room for contestants in a separate building during Eurovision 2013? Emmelie de Forest almost missed her encore!
ORF dreams big, and they really do not want a capacity of less than 12,000 spectators. Huge arenas make life easier for fans (who want tickets) and for press (who would like the press centre to be in or near the actual stage). In addition, the income from ticket sales at Stadthalle would be greater than in either Graz or Innsbruck, owing to Wiener Stadthalle’s greater capacity. It’s about money honey.
The big bosses from the EBU have every right to support Vienna. Eurovision is about the music for sure. But for diehard fans, EBU officials and the delegations who spend two weeks in the city, it’s also important to enjoy the cuisine, the transport links and other fundamentals of culture and convenience. Everyone would agree that Wien has all these.